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The Reading Well Initiative

We all know that getting lost in a good book can do wonders for your emotional health and wellbeing, however, did you also know that there is a wonderful initiative called “The Reading Well” initiative? This  encourages self-help over a huge range of topics You can find everything here: 

The initiative covers a broad range of topics, including:

Reading Well for long-term conditions

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. These are available from public libraries.

Shelf Help – Reading Well for young people

Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18-year-olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.

Books on prescription for dementia

Reading Well for dementia recommends books you might find useful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition.  The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

Books on prescription for common mental health conditions

Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions provides books for adults on topics such as overcoming depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and managing worry and stress.  There is evidence from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions.

Mood-boosting books

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry, and non-fiction. Readers and reading groups recommend these books.

Macmillan cancer booklets

All libraries have a selection of Macmillan Cancer support booklets available for anyone to take for free. Just as a member of staff at any library to help you.

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